At the height of their power in the late eleventh century, the Chaco Anasazi dominated a territory in the American Southwest larger than any European principality of the time. Developed over the course of centuries and thriving for more than 200 years, the Chacoans´ society collapsed dramatically in the twelfth century, in a mere 40 years. David E. Stuart incorporates extensive new research findings through groundbreaking archaeology to explore the rise and fall of the Chaco Anasazi and how they parallel patterns throughout modern societies in this new edition. Adding new research findings on caloric flows in prehistoric times and investigating the evolutionary dynamics induced by these forces as well as exploring the consequences of an increasingly detached central Chacoan decision-making structure, Stuart argues that Chaco´s failure was a failure to adapt to the consequences of rapid growth, including problems with the misuse of farmland, malnutrition, loss of community, and inability to deal with climatic catastrophe. Have modern societies learned from the experiences and fate of the Chaco Anasazi, or are we risking a similar cultural collapse? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029298/bk_acx0_029298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wire jewelry has been around for centuries and never goes out of style. Wire weaving techniques simply evolve to incorporate the newest materials and trends. All-new Inventive Wire Weaving: 20+ Unique Jewelry Designs focuses on the timeless techniques of wire weaving, wrapping, coiling, and capturing, plus texturing metals and wire. Using these evergreen techniques, designer and instructor Susan Barzacchini showcases metal, beads, lampworked elements, cabochons, and found objects in interesting, beautiful wire jewelry. Whether they use fine silver wire or copper, jewelry makers will be able to create artistic and unique pieces they´ll be proud to wear. Each project includes clear and easy-to-understand photos and step-by-step instructions from an experienced wire weaving instructor. Styles cover a wide range of tastes, from delicate and feminine to bold and unusual, and many projects include variations for even more personalization. These artistic necklaces, pendants, earrings, and cuffs will appeal to intermediate wireworkers looking for new project ideas.
In 1963, Norman F. Cantor published his breakthrough narrative history of the Middle Ages. Here is a significant revision, update, and expansion of that work. The Civilization of the Middle Ages incorporates current research, recent trends in interpretation, and novel perspectives, especially on the foundations of the Middle Ages and the Later Middle Ages of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. A sharper focus on social history, Jewish history, women’s roles in society, and popular religion and heresy distinguish the book. While the first and last sections of the book are almost entirely new and many additions have been incorporated in the intervening sections, Cantor has retained the powerful narrative flow that made earlier editions so accessible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frederick Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004525/bk_blak_004525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This contemporary look at the seventh-century classic The Ladder of Divine Ascent brilliantly illuminates the enduring relevance of centuries-old spiritual concepts. Using real-life stories and experiences, and incorporating all of the major religious traditions, Beck shows how the 30 steps lead to a deeper understanding of the ideas that guide our journeys, provide for our souls, and draw us closer to God. Beginning each chapter with an illustrative anecdote, Beck explains the significance of each of the steps, discussing its importance in Christian tradition and offering thoughtful, inspiring ways to incorporate it into present-day spiritual journeys. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fr. Edward L. Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/psnt/000001/bk_psnt_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Performers have been doing it for centuries. Now, for the first time, Robert Lowe, a pioneer in the field of improvisation, hands you the techniques you need to think on your feet and shows you how to apply these techniques in your workplace or classroom. This book gives you: The same techniques that improvisational actors use to increase their confidence; A method of using humor to establish a strong rapport with your audience, students, or participants; An effective way of using body language and voice for greater clarity and impact; Scores of field-tested worksheets, checklists, and group activities to help you incorporate improvisational thinking and speaking into your own presentation style. The business world may be changing at breakneck speed, but this ancient form of theatre is as effective as ever. Buy this book and put improvisation to work for you today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000556/bk_blak_000556_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Spain’s geographical position has made it a focus of attention throughout history for numerous migrants, traders, colonizers, and conquerors alike. Iberia, also known as Hispaniola or Hispania, is in the southwestern corner of Europe and is separated from Africa by a mere eight miles, the point at which the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. The whole of the Iberian Peninsula, which today incorporates the modern nation states of Spain and Portugal, was known to the Romans and Greeks as Hispania. Over the centuries, before Roman involvement in the Iberian Peninsula, it had been settled by different waves of eastern tribes: Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Africans, and Carthaginians. It was the settlement in the south of Spain by the last of these that led to Roman interest in the area and ultimately to its conquest and integration into the Roman Empire, though the complete process was to take more than 200 years. Once the Carthaginian territories had been taken, those parts of Hispania became the two provinces of Hispania Citerior and Hispania Ulterior, which in turn were later subdivided into further provinces. They became some of the wealthiest and most Romanized of the empire’s provinces, but the process by which the whole of Spain came under Roman rule was both violent and complex. Given that the Iberian Peninsula is Europe’s second largest peninsula, maintaining control required vigorous efforts, including Roman-sponsored migrations by the Sueves, Alani, Vandals, Visigoths, and other tribes. For example, the Visigoths first set foot on the peninsula in the year 416, where they were tasked with forcefully re-instituting Roman authority upon other Germanic invaders who had occupied the land. Initially, the Visigoths followed instructions to a tee, but as time progressed, it appeared there may have been reason to have been suspicious of the Visigoths after all. In 418, they were relocated to France, where they established a makeshift ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116408/bk_acx0_116408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this expansive historical synthesis, Richard Butsch integrates social, economic, and political history to offer a comprehensive and cohesive examination of screen media and screen culture globally - from film and television to computers and smart phones - as they have evolved through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing on an enormous trove of research on the USA, Britain, France, Egypt, West Africa, India, China, and other nations, Butsch tells the stories of how media have developed in these nations and what global forces linked them. He assesses the global ebb and flow of media hegemony and the cultural differences in audiences´ use of media. Comparisons across time and space reveal two linked developments: the rise and fall of American cultural hegemony, and the consistency among audiences from different countries in the way they incorporate screen entertainments into their own cultures. Screen Culture offers a masterful, integrated global history that invites media scholars to see this landscape in a new light. Deeply engaging, the book is also suitable for students and interested general readers.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who endeavours to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader. In this recording, David Timson incorporates the most salient of Gibbon’s footnotes. In Volume II (Chapters XVI-XXVI), Gibbon continues his powerful history of the Empire, shining the spotlight on some of the best-known figures and their impact on the growing influence of Christianity, including Nero and, three centuries later, Constantine, whose establishment of Constantinople resulted in the division of the Empire into East and West. Gibbon also presents a sympathetic portrait of Julian, whose wisdom, courage and clarity bore the hallmarks of the great emperor that Rome needed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001233/bk_naxo_001233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
People all over the world have been practicing meditation for many centuries. Meditation can help you get your mental, physical and emotional selves into sync. Whether you are looking for a great way to relax, or you want an improved focus with day-to-day tasks, meditation offers a very useful tool to achieve the results. This book has everything you need to know to get started on meditation. By listening to this book you´ll learn: What is meditation, its history and benefits Different types of meditation Easy exercises to incorporate meditation into daily life Meditation tips for beginners Meditation affects you physically, by impacting your breathing, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as mentally, by relieving stress and allowing your brain to move past the mental clutter and take hold of what really matters in your life. Download this book now, and start enjoying the benefits of meditation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Perry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071179/bk_acx0_071179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this book you will discover an incredible variety of games that will bring hours upon hours of joy into your life and the lives of those you care about! People have been playing games to keep themselves entertained for centuries. While many people think that game playing is just for children, it is just as important for adults, too, as it helps relieve stress and tension from everyday life. This book has exciting and fun games for all age groups and social circles. Get ready to enjoy some of the best games of all time as well as some new games that you can play with your children, family, and friends and even by yourself. Life is so much more enjoyable when you actively incorporate enjoyable games into it! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Mackey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040463/bk_acx0_040463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.